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Infrastructure Planning Grant Program

Grants to British Columbia Municipalities and
Regional Districts for Community Projects

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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British Columbia Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Branch

Deadline Date:

01/13/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to British Columbia municipalities and districts for community-based initiatives. Funding is intended for projects that advance public health and safety, strengthen regional and local economies, and protect the environment. The grant program supports a range of sustainable community projects related to improving water, sewer, drainage, and other environmental infrastructure. Grants may be used to assess the economic, environmental, or technical feasibility of municipal infrastructure projects.

Examples of projects this grant will support include:

  • Asset management plans
  • Integrated stormwater management plans
  • Water master plans
  • Liquid waste management plans

Additionally, applications  should  clearly  describe  how  the  project  will  provide  economic, social  and environmental benefits such as:

  • Cost savings and lower tax burden for residents and businesses
  • Improved public health and safety
  • Reduced ecological footprint and enhanced environmental protection
  • More efficient use of infrastructure and natural resources
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Improved community sustainability

Eligible costs are all direct costs properly and reasonably incurred in relation to the proposed project. Eligible costs include:

  • Consultant fee (e.g. travel costs, engineer assessment of phasing of project etc.)
  • Local government staff time (for projects using in-house resources)
  • In-kind contributions.

For information about application evaluation criteria, see: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/finance/infrastructure_planning_grant_program_guide.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182943

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $10,000 are available. For the first $5,000 or less of costs, the grant will cover 100% of approved costs. For the next $10,000 or less, the grant will cover 50% of approved costs.

Term of Contract:

The claim period will be for approximately two years. Requests for an extension of this claim period will only be considered where there are unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant is a local government, defined as a municipality or a regional district. Local governments can submit applications on behalf of improvement districts, registered utilities or other small water systems and should include the letter of request from that organization.

Applications will be deemed ineligible if the following exists:
- Has already begun prior to the submission of the application
- For a proposed privately-owned development
- Considered routine maintenance or repair
- Modelling or GIS based projects – note: if a project that includes a modelling component has a long-term planning goal that surpasses the modelling piece, the project may be considered eligible
- Water main/pipe testing

For information regarding ineligible project costs, click here: For information about evaluation criteria, see:
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/british-columbians-our-governments/local-governments/finance/infrastructure_planning_grant_program_guide.pdf#page=6

Pre-Application Information:

Next deadline: January 12, 2021

Applications are received on a continuous basis throughout the year with usually two review rounds taking place in Spring and Fall; however, grant funding may not be available after a posted deadline. If funding permits, grant applications that are not successful in their first assessment will be considered for a subsequent evaluation in the next round of approvals. Applications that are not successful within one year of submission are withdrawn from further assessment and the applicant is notified. To be considered in future rounds, a new grant application with updated information will need to be submitted.

Grant announcements are usually made within three months after a posted deadline. Unsuccessful applicants will receive email notification of their status.

Application Learning Center: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgistraining/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.localgovernmentinformationsystem.gov.bc.ca/LGIS

Direct questions: infra@gov.bc.ca

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Branch
PO Box 9838 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9T1

Office phone: 250 387-4060

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia;

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